Gluten Free Living – 2016
Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese is absolutely awesome! No kidding. This is one of the BEST macaroni and cheese dishes you’ll ever eat. I started with my own homemade version of macaroni and cheese but substituted gluten free rotini noodles, gluten free bread crumbs and gluten free flour. This dish is so creamy, so rich, so delicious and, on top of that, it’s even wonderful reheated. Yes!
I use heavy whipping cream, half-and-half and three different kinds of cheese to achieve the extremely creamy sauce in this recipe. If you want a super-duper Mac & Cheese dish, don’t try to substitute fat-free or low-fat ANYTHING!
You won’t get the same level of creaminess, nor will the dish come out right. While this Meatless Monday entree is gluten free, it is NOT low-calorie. It is one of those casseroles you make when you want to splurge on yourself with comfort food extraordinaire! Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese is so filling and satisfying you won’t even realize you’re eating gluten free if you didn’t know it.
I love Mac & Cheese and have made several versions of it including one with butternut squash, one with bacon, one with bacon and Ranch dressing, one with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, one that’s the cheesiest and one with chicken. Every one is absolutely mouthwatering. But this version I have made many times over the years so it has to be my favorite.
If you’re looking for a spectacular Mac & Cheese dish but need a gluten free version, I can’t recommend Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese high enough. If you don’t need to have the dish gluten free, then feel free to substitute regular pasta, flour and bread crumbs. I’ve made this recipe lots of times that way too and it’s a treasure.
I use red pepper flakes along with cayenne pepper to give the recipe that needed oomph so it’s not bland. I added cayenne pepper in the sauce as well as on top of the casserole before adding the bread crumb topping. It’s perfect–not too hot, but not so little that you can’t taste any difference.
However, if you prefer really spicy dishes, then feel free to increase the amount of cayenne pepper sprinkled over top of the noodles before adding the topping. Either way, you will find this one of the BEST Mac & Cheese recipes you’ve ever tasted.
Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese is one of the most awesome Mac & Cheese recipes ever!
Every forkful is divine!
If you enjoy Mac & Cheese, you’ll love this gluten free version.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients plus gluten free flour and half-and-half.
Melt one stick butter in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add orange and red pepper peppers, onions and garlic and saute about 5-8 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add gluten free flour. Whisk to combine.
Slowly add heavy whipping cream – about one-third cup at a time and whisk until all the cream is incorporated.
Add half-and-half about 1/3 cup at a time and continue whisking until all is incorporated into the sauce.
Add seasonings and cook over low to medium heat until mixture thickens.
Add cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. Stir to combine. Heat through until cheese melts.
Meanwhile, prepare crumb topping: Melt remaining stick of butter in a baking dish or measuring cup. Add Italian style gluten free bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Set aside.
Meanwhile, cook gluten free noodles in a large stockpot until just a little more than al dente. Drain and add to cheese sauce. Stir gently to combine.
Grease an 8×12″ glass baking dish. Pour macaroni mixture into dish. Sprinkle top lightly with additional cayenne pepper (or use more if you like your dishes spicier).
Sprinkle bread crumb topping over top of casserole.
Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until bread crumbs are golden brown and mixture is bubbly and heated through.
Serve Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese on Meatless Mondays!
I guarantee this Mac & Cheese is so good, it will go fast!
If you have family members that have gluten intolerance this is a great way to eat your favorite dish but without getting sick!
You can see how creamy the recipe is in this picture.
Here’s the recipe.
GLUTEN FREE MACARONI AND CHEESE
(My own concoction)
Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese is terrific. You will probably want multiple helpings!
Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese also reheats very nicely. The sauce remains thick and creamy.
I couldn’t get enough of this amazing dish.